UK government steps up open source commitment
The UK government says that it will increase the use of open source software in the public service. Minister for digital engagement, Tom Watson, said today that open source software should be on a level playing field with proprietary software such as Windows. He said that open standards were more flexible and could offer better value for money. In a report titled Open Source, Open Standards and Re-Use: Government Action Plan, the UK government pledged that, where possible, its departments would avoid becoming “locked in” to proprietary software, and that it would take into account exit, re-bid and rebuild costs.